Driving well within the posted speed limits, our newly minted rock gods keep it real and deliver a rollicking tune. 60 Miles An Hour brought a grin to my face in 2001, and to this day it’s one of only a handful of Get Ready tracks that still gets two thumbs up.
For me it’s this track that seemed to open the taps on what New Order was offering at the turn of the millennium; swagger, energetic indie-rock, de-emphasised (but not wholly devoid of) electronics, with themes that veer between carefree & caution – but in a simpler songwriting framework that still capitalised on their many years of studio experience.
60 Miles An Hour is arrow-straight with its verse, chorus, verse, chorus, break, chorus structure, but – unlike several tunes on Republic, Get Ready & Waiting For The Siren’s Call, where either the verse was dodgy and saved by the chorus, or vice versa (or both) – there is good value all ’round here. The album version of 60MPH has a nice sonic lead-in with filtered synth tones, before kicking right into the main guitar-driven stomp; solidly backed with Morris’s firm drum performance. The breadth and depth in Steve Osborne’s production is excellent; with certain details giving the guitars room to shine through, including the deep synth tone that underpins the first verse, the subtle descending motif that (I think) Hooky adds (sounding almost like a chime) to the second verse, and most of all the storming instrumental break that really cuts through with keyboards and crashing cymbals, and leads into the final chorus with a phased and distorted guitar lead. Great stuff! Bernard gives it his all: standing by our side and being there when we want him to, etc… (thanks mate); although one would politely decline his offer – not doubting his sailing skills – to cross some stormy sea to worship pagan idols.
The Supermen Lovers Remix is not one of my favourites to be honest. Quirky and different to be sure, but just too twee for me; large parts of the mix sounding like the background music to a mid-’80s Atari game, cut (somewhat abruptly) into a decent disco funk that unfortunately builds up and falls away too quickly. David Khane’s mix/es – technically unreleased save for an appearance on an obscure US promo CD – are quite interesting, taking a different route with the main backbone rock of the track, stripping back the original’s layered mix with a new heavier core program and a fuzzy & distorted edge, and some additional sonic flavours. I suspect we will see one of these again on a deluxe edition at some stage.
Not sure I get the video clip, particularly in the way the music frequently drops into the background for the sake of the on-screen fake-bear-wielding-a-NewOrder-mixtape-drives-himself -and-hitchhiker-into-a-tree silliness, but I suppose it’s an example of the stupid fun mentioned recently.
Get Ready is 2 for 2 so far, let’s see where it goes from here…
Available on: Get Ready